Team USA Sweep and World Record Highlights Second Day of World Para Athletics Championships

By Olivia Truby | July 15, 2017, 7 p.m. (ET)

The trio of Tatyana McFadden, Cheri Madsen and Hannah McFadden sweep the T54 200 on day two of the World Para Athletics Championships.

LONDON - Capping off the evening with a 200-meter sweep by Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland), Cheri Madsen (Nebraska City, Nebraska) and Hannah McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland), Team USA took home eight medals, including four golds, on the second day of the World Para Athletics Championships at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Team USA brings its medal total to 11 and sits in second behind Great Britain with 12.

The U.S. women’s trio of Tatyana McFadden (28.08), Madsen (28.89) and Hannah McFadden (29.49) won gold, silver and bronze to secure the sweep in the T54 200. This marks the first time the McFadden sisters have shared an international podium.


Coming off medals in yesterday’s club throw, Cassie Mitchell (Warner, Oklahoma) set a world record of
13.23 meters in the F52 women’s discus throw en route to the world title, while Rachael Morrison (Farmington Hills, Michigan) claimed silver with a throw of 12.35 meters.


David Brown (St. Louis, Missouri) and guide Jerome Avery (Lemoore, California) defended their world crown and 2016 Paralympic gold medal in the men’s T11 100, winning the race in 11.20.


In the 200, Deja Young (Dallas, Texas) won gold in the T47 class in a time of 25.10, while Jaleen Roberts (Kent, Washington) finished in 28.18 to secure bronze in the T37 class.


Other top-10 finishes:
Kelsey LeFevour (Chicago, Illinois): T53 200, 4th place
Regas Woods (Dunnellon, Florida): T42 200, 4th place
Lex Gillette (Raleigh, North Carolina) and guide Mason Rhodes (Glennville, Georgia): T11 100, 4th place
Tanner Wright (Fort Worth, Texas): T47 100, 4th place
Roderick Townsend-Roberts (Stockton, California): T47 100, 6th place
Austin Pruitt (Greenacres, Washington): T34 100, 7th place
Desmond Jackson (Durham, North Carolina): T42 200, 7th place


Competition continues tomorrow at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and concludes Sunday, July 23.  


QUOTES
Tatyana McFadden
“It’s really awesome to lead the sweep. Cheri (Madsen) is really strong. She’s a great sprinter, and she has been in the past and now. She’s such a beast and so dominant, and so is my sister – she has such a great drive. It was a great night for Team USA.” 

Deja Young
“This crowd was amazing and it pushed me so hard. My mom’s in the top level. I’m so emotional right now. I’m so overcome with joy. I’m so excited, Team USA has been amazing to me, and I can’t thank them enough.”

David Brown
“I feel humbled to (win gold) three times in a row. You can’t get any better than our partnership (with guide Jerome Avery). If you train like we train, honestly, the effort you put in is the effort you’re going to get out. I love training alongside Jerome. He’s as hungry for it as I am.” 

Cassie Mitchell
“It doesn’t get any better than that, it really doesn’t. I’ve never had the gold medal and the world record at the same time, so it’s exciting. I’ve been through a lot the past two years with the cancer and chemo and training hard. When you go out there and get a performance like that it makes you thankful for every day.”


COVERAGE
With the launch of the "Olympic Channel: Home to Team USA," fans of Team USA can watch 12 hours of World Para Athletics Championships competition starting on Saturday, July 15 and continuing each day until the championships close on Sunday, July 23. Visit TeamUSA.org for air dates and times. 


RESULTS
Full results from the World Para Athletics Championships can be found here. Follow U.S. Paralympics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updated information during the event.